One for the ages
Posted by keithosaunders on October 28, 2011
Two words I thought I’d never say are: Poor Texas.
Game six of the 2011 World Series was one of the greatest games I have ever seen. Despite poor fielding, porous pitching, terrible managing, and one of the worst blown saves of all time, it was one of the most compelling and riveting games of all time.
I watched the game with my middle child, Lee, and by the 10th inning we were both screaming and laughing in disbelief and awe. How could a team be within one strike of winning their first ever World Series and blow it both times?! Ranger closer, Neftali Perez has got to close that game! He had two strikes on Freese before grooving a pitch that was hammered deep to the opposite field.
When I saw the ball hit off the bat I thought the game was over, but Nelson Cruz, the Texas right fielder, either got a bad jump on the ball, or was afraid of running into the wall.
For all their incessant yammering about meaningless statistics, Buck and McCarver were mute on whether or not Cruz had a play on the ball. Their intent is to deliver as bland a broadcast as possible, and on that front they are successful. Either way…triple and tie game.
Some people have been saying that Ron Washington should have stuck with Perez for the 10th, but I disagree. I’ve seen enough of him to know that he stinks. So does Ogando, for that matter. Perez is one of those guys that compiles saves during the season, but when it comes to money time he wilts. That’s what made Mariano so great — he was (is)great both during the season, as well as the post season.
LaRussa is an ass. The Cards are winning despite him, just as the Rangers have made it all the way to game seven despite their inept manager. Last night LaRussa worked himself into a situation where he had no remaining position players by the ninth inning, and had burned through the bulk of his bullpen. He was even using multiple starting pitchers as pinch hitters. He pinch hit Edwin Jackson for Kyle Lohse, who was batting for still another pitcher! What a tool. What I wouldn’t have given to see a 20 inning game. He would have had to have used Carpenter!
I would be shocked if St Louis does not have a big lead in game seven by the middle innings. It’s hard enough to win a game seven on the road, but to expect the Rangers to recover from a gut wrenching loss when they were inches from the crown…that’s asking a lot.
I can’t wait to watch!